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Flag-of-japansmall  2014 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 19 in the 2014 Formula One season
Suzuka circuit map--2005.svg
Suzuka Circuit
Date 5 October 2014
Official name 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix[1]
Location Suzuka Circuit
Suzuka, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.807 km (3.608 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 44 laps, 255.508 km (158.752 mi)</td></tr>

<tr> <td>Scheduled Distance</td><td colspan="2">53 laps, 307.771 km (191.224 mi)</td></tr>

Weather Wet track, changeable weather conditions
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Time 1:32.506
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:51.600 on lap 39
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Second Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Third Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault

The 2014 Japanese Grand Prix (formally known as the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 5 October 2014 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan.[2] The race was the fifteenth round of the 2014 season, and marked the forty-first running of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg started the race from pole position,[3] but was overtaken by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who won the race after it was called off due to heavy rain and a serious accident suffered by Marussia driver Jules Bianchi. The race marked the third time two red flags have been shown in a single Formula One race after the 1987 Austrian Grand Prix and the 1990 Belgian Grand Prix.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Typhoon Phanfone, classified as a category one storm, was forecasted to make landfall over the eastern Japanese coast on the Sunday of the Grand Prix, accompanied by heavy rain and winds of up to 240km/h. Although the predicted course of the storm was expected to miss Suzuka, the rain from the northern edge of the storm was expected to drench the circuit with steadily increasing heavy rain.[4]

RaceEdit

Heavy rain meant that the race was initially started behind the safety car, but the race was red flagged on lap 2, when it became clear that the track was far too wet for racing. Nearly 20 minutes later, the rain had eased up and the race was restarted, once again behind the safety car. Fernando Alonso had to retire from the race when his car turned itself off shortly after the restart.

The safety car pulled in and the race was green flagged on lap 9. Jenson Button benefited greatly by immediately following the safety car into the pits for intermediate tyres, moving up to third position after the remaining drivers followed suit shortly after. Lewis Hamilton, having started the race behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg, managed to overtake him for the race lead at turn one on lap 29, with Rosberg struggling with oversteer.

Red Bull had elected to run a set-up more suitable for wet conditions in this race, sacrificing qualifying performance.[5] This gamble paid off for them in the race, with Sebastian Vettel finishing third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth, from ninth and sixth on the grid respectively.

Jules Bianchi crashEdit

See also: Jules Bianchi#2014 Suzuka accident


The race was ended under the safety car, with the final race results taken from the running order at the end of lap 44[6], which is a lap less than those covered as per FIA race regulation. This premature ending was due to Jules Bianchi, on lap 43, colliding at high speed with a marshal's crane tractor that was tending to the removal of Adrian Sutil's Sauber car, which had spun and crashed on lap 42 in the run-off area on the outside of the Dunlop Curve (turn 7) of the circuit. Bianchi was reported as being unconscious after the crash, following his failure to respond to a radio call from Marussia at the time and the marshals that went to his rescue. He was taken by road ambulance to the Mie University hospital under police escort as the FIA stated that the medical helicopter was unable to fly due to the precarious weather conditions,[7][8][9][10] although it took off a short time afterwards.[11][12]

According to his father later that same day, Bianchi then underwent an operation to reduce severe bruising to his head.[13] The FIA subsequently released a statement that CT scans have shown Bianchi suffered a "severe head injury" in the crash, and he would be transferred to intensive care following surgery.[14] Bianchi's family subsequently reported that he had a diffuse axonal injury, which is a common traumatic brain injury[15] in vehicle accidents involving high deceleration.

Post-raceEdit

With Kimi Räikkönen finishing 12th and Fernando Alonso retiring, this marked the first Grand Prix that Scuderia Ferrari failed to score a point since the 2010 British Grand Prix (81 races), as well as the first time since the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix (94 races) that a Ferrari-powered car failed to score.

With a maximum potential of 125 points remaining following the race and being 127 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel officially conceded the World Drivers' Championship, ending a consecutive run of four titles.

Out of respect for the seriously injured Jules Bianchi, no champagne was sprayed by Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel on the podium.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.671 1:32.950 1:32.506 1
2 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.611 1:32.982 1:32.703 2
3 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:34.301 1:33.443 1:33.128 3
4 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:34.483 1:33.551 1:33.527 4
5 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:34.497 1:33.675 1:33.740 5
6 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:35.593 1:34.466 1:34.075 6
7 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.930 1:34.229 1:34.242 7
8 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.150 1:34.648 1:34.317 8
9 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:35.517 1:34.784 1:34.432 9
10 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:34.984 1:34.771 1:34.548 10
11 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1:35.155 1:34.984 20 1
12 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:35.439 1:35.089 11
13 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1:35.210 1:35.092 12
14 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:35.000 1:35.099 13
15 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:35.736 1:35.364 14
16 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:35.308 1:35.681 15
17 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:35.917 22 1
18 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:35.984 16
19 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:36.813 17
20 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:36.943 18
21 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:37.015 19
22 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:37.481 21
107% time: 1:40.163
Source:[3]

Notes:

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 44 1:51:43.021 2 25
2 6 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 44 +9.180 1 18
3 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 44 +29.122 9 15
4 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 44 +38.818 6 12
5 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 44 +1:07.550 8 10
6 77 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 44 +1:53.773 3 8
7 19 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 44 +1:55.126 4 6
8 27 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 44 +1:55.948 13 4
9 25 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 44 +2:07.638 20 2
10 11 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 43 +1 Lap 11 1
11 26 25px-Flag of Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 43 +1 Lap 12
12 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 10
13 21 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 15
14 20 22px-Flag of Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 43 +1 Lap 7
15 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 43 +1 Lap 16
16 2 13 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 43 +1 Lap 22
17 9 22px-Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 43 +1 Lap 17
18 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 21
19 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 43 +1 Lap 19
20 17 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 41 Accident 18
21 99 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 40 Accident 14
Ret 14 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2 Electronics 5
Source:[18]

Notes:

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 266
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 256
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo 193
1uparrow green.svg 1 4 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 139
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 133
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Germany Mercedes 522
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 332
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 201
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 178
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 22px-Flag of India Force India-Mercedes 122
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

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